BY JOVAN KRSTEVSKI
Zodiac Watches has been a truly inventive force in the watchmaking industry since 1882. Zodiac was a pioneer in the various disciplines of automatic watchmaking. The brand was established by Ariste Calame in Le Locle, Switzerland, and now that Zodiac is a part of Fossil, they have been working hard to recreate their classic watches to higher standards in order to bring this rich heritage to light. Zodiac’s most significant and recognizable watch design is the Sea Wolf. It was one of the timepieces that helped define the contemporary diving watch when it was first introduced in 1953. Now the brand celebrates its 140th anniversary, and to celebrate it, Zodiac has just unveiled its newest Super Sea Wolf dive watch in ceramic for the very first time.
The jet black case has a contemporary 40mm case size for easy everyday wear and is made of a 316L steel core joined with hardened ceramic. The high polish on the ceramic gives it an appealing sheen, adding to the beauty and charm of the piece. The use of ceramic, in addition to making the case lightweight, makes sure that the case stays as scratch-resistant as possible while offering a decent resistance to ultraviolet rays, protecting the watch from the fading of colors under sunlight. The case is fitted with a unidirectional, counter-clockwise rotating bezel that has a graduated scale and can be used to calculate the diving time. The watch is protected from the front by a sapphire crystal with an anti-reflective coating, while the caseback with the Zodiac logo is solid. The case has a water resistance rating of 200 meters (660 feet).
The dial’s midnight blue presentation and radiant sunburst treatment are inspired by the colors of the deep waters. The white Super-LumiNova-filled hands and markers are accentuated against a black background for a startling contrast and maximum legibility. A date window is found at 3 o’clock with a black background matching the case.
Zodiac Super Sea Wolf Ceramic is powered by the STP (Swiss Technology Production) 1-11 automatic movement. It offers stop seconds, a swan neck system, and an anti-shock system while beating at 28,800 vibrations per hour and providing a 44-hour power reserve. The watch comes on a 20-mm strap made with black caoutchouc rubber with diamond-shaped detailing and scented with a vanilla aroma. It has a limited edition run of 500 examples with a price tag of $1,695 and is now available online.
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